Month: March 2017

Updated HCI Commercial Roofs- March 2017 Blog

Updated HCI-commercial roofs course

In March 2017, an updated version of the HCI-Commercial Roofs course will launch. The goal was to make the course more engaging for the attendees and provide more hands-on and direct learning experiences. We want the course to provide information and “tools” that will help the attendees in their day-to-day work tasks and also earn the Haag certification that will set them apart professionally.

The HCI-Commercial Roofs course covers the various common types of low-sloped membrane roof systems and metal roofing, as well as information on the severe weather events (hail and wind) that can damage roofs. Hands-on samples will be used to teach attendees how to identify insulation varieties and the low-slope membrane types. In learning groups, attendees will use the HPMG (Haag Panel and Membrane Gauge) to identify single-ply roof types and thicknesses. For the various roof systems, video segments will show proper installation and repair procedures. Multiple case studies will be presented to show how Haag engineers have made forensics evaluations on particular projects to determine whether observed damages were caused by construction defects, manufacturing issues, hail impact, or wind damage. Videos also will be shown of simulated hail impacts and the wind simulator machine in the laboratory of Haag Research & Testing. One segment of course will focus on the newer and growing segments of the commercial roofing industry including vegetative roof systems, liquid-applied roofing, and roof-mounted photo-voltaic systems.

The HCI-Commercial Roofs course is designed with several objectives in mind for our attendees. Upon completion of the course, the attendees will be able to identify the various components and materials used in typical low-sloped roof systems. For particular low-sloped roof systems, the attendees will be able to identify the type of roofing; identify conditions related to manufacture, installation, normal weathering, hail impact, wind forces, and mechanical contact; and the explain repair options and methodologies. Once damage has been identified to a roof system, attendees will learn techniques to estimate repair costs and compare the cost of repair to roof system replacement. Finally, the attendees will be learn methodologies to report the findings of their roof inspections and investigations.

If you have taken HCI-Commercial Roofs previously and are approaching your renewal time, this is a great opportunity to attend the updated course. Or, share this information with your co-workers and colleagues.

Richard F. Herzog P.E., Meteorologist, RRC, and Haag Principal Engineer

Richard Herzog’s primary areas of consulting are Roofing Systems, Building Envelope Systems, Evaluation of Wind Damage to Structures, Construction Defect Evaluations, Meteorological Investigations, Development of Hail Analysis Software, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He serves as a primary advisor in the creation of many Haag Education seminars and products.  See his profile here.